Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Welcome to Share Your Cup #184

Hello and welcome to Share Your Cup (SYC for short)-
the party where you share things that make you happy – it’s what your hosts call “filling our cup”.


Before this week features of Share Your Cup, hosted by Jo of Anne's Attic - design, a quick apology from me.

I injured my hand last week and have not had the use of it until today. I didn't visit many links because I wasn't able to use the computer, but my hand is better and I will be visiting once again.

Here is what the hosts have been up to.



Jan from Have a cup with Mrs. Olson just can't wait to start her gardening in fact she making lovely succulent garden right in her home.


Carol from Art and Sand shows us lovely touches for Valentines Day.

drawer Collage

Jo from Anne's Attic - design  has been turning lots of junk into salable merchandise.
Now for the FEATURES!


Bontanic Bleu show some lovely blue hearts for Valentines Day.


Debby Goes Shabby show her love for Shabby Chic and her priceless finds.

Living From Glory To Glory Blog

Living from Glory to Glory shares a darling Valentine Banner.

Repurposed Junk Love Sign

Thrifty Rebel Vintage shares a tutorial to make this wonderful sign.

stack of vintage suitcases made into side table

Recreated Designs shows how she made this incredible end table out of suitcases.


My Heart Lives Here has designed an amazing mantle vignette.

I was so hard to choose just six features, if I could I would of featured all of you. Thank you for sharing On SYC Thursday!

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

So Sorry!

I am so sorry that I am not visiting any blogs,


checking any links at this week's Share Your Cup (what a poor hostess I make)


or responding to your sweet comments.


Several days ago I bumped my right hand (x-rays show that it isn't broken) and the pain is excruciating, my index finger knuckle is distorted, the drugs make loopy and I have absolutely no use of my dominant hand.


I hope I can see my hand doctor tomorrow (I'm going nuts not being able to be creative!) and that I'll be back blogging soon!


The pictures (Instagram pics this past week) obviously have nothing to do with the post, but this visual girl has to have pictures.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Welcome to Share Your Cup #183

Hello and welcome to Share Your Cup (SYC for short)- 

the party where you share things that make you happy - it's what your hosts


call "filling our cup".


Jo's beautifully written post this week, A Touch of Valentine's Day


showcases her fabulous Valentine decor.


Jann showed us a sweet pillow she sewed from a vintage chenille spread in Chenille #4


and decorated the mantel in her living room with the theme, SEW in Love With You.


I talked about "Living Well" by taking the time to add the little extras to everyday events


and showed off a pillow I recently knitted (inspired by a post by Lory of Designthusiasm) in Rainy Days.


And now to the features - I had difficulty narrowing it down to just 6.


My love of whimsy had me going back again and again to look at this fun chandelier that Lory of Designthusiam has hanging in her Dream Butler's Pantry.


Each week Carmen, of Carmen Whitehead Designs, shows techniques for art journaling and one of these days I am going to get out my supplies and get back to journaling.


Debra of Frugal Little Bungalow shared about how making One Monthly Goal public inspired her to finish this gorgeous quilt. 


I fell in love with this beautifully transformed piece shared by Lynn of Quaker Hill Farm in Shades of the Sea and might just copy it for a dresser I want to update.


I felt a connection to Sherry of Thrift My Cottage who showed this lovely corner in Changing Up the Chalkboard because she was recently received the cute banner from Connie of Crafty Home Cottage and I also own sweet banner from Connie.


I love the title of the post from Nitka Design - My Happy Place and she has inspired me to make a bunny of my own.

Thanks for sharing and grab our button if you were featured.


Sunday, January 31, 2016

Rainy Days

We have not had a real winter since 2012 - almost no rain and sunny days have been the norm.


But this year, El NiƱo is in full force and today we had heavy rain, crazy wind  (42 mph) and even an emergency alert on our phones regarding flash floods.


I used my indoor time wisely and finished up a bunch of projects.


I found this IKEA hamper in the attic the other day (my kids are great about dumping stuff at our house) and it's quite functional, but not my style.


 I thought I might make the hamper work in our house with a bit of drop cloth and the word laundry was easy to add with my metal Decor Steals stencils.


It amazes me how much better the hamper looks with a lighter colored bag.


I'll admit that I "staged" this pic (my purse doesn't usually hang here nor does the sign,), but I did clean out the stuff Steve had hanging there - he did not need 7 jackets, 4 sweatshirts and a vest.


Next up was finishing the cable knit pillow I decided to make after seeing a pretty pillow here that Lory of Designthusiasm shared a couple of weeks ago.


All I had to do today was sew buttons onto the back - I haven't knitted cables in years and had to play around with creating a pattern.


But, I'm liking how it turned out and with my color palette, I'll move it from room to room.


In my last post, I said I was going to make cookies and a rainy day seemed perfect.


I love this recipe card because it shows that it has definitely been used - the only recipe I use for oatmeal cookies.


I can't believe that I actually typed out the cards on a typewriter.


After eating a few cookies, I packaged them up into bundles of 6 and gave them to neighbors - otherwise, I could have eaten them all.


It was still raining so I grabbed my grandmother's school slate (circa 1890),


chalk and little metal stencils to write a new message.


The chalkboard triggered an update in the entry.


I had moved the red cart out of the entry, but I love it and I didn't get to look at it in the guest room.


So, the cart is once again in plain sight and Grandma's slate has a place of prominence.


By 5:00, I had the table set for dinner - Steve is making pork ribs tonight.


I had a very productive day and the wind is supposed to howl all through the night and tomorrow so who knows what else I might finish.